Charity registered in Scotland SC020039
We are Unity (formerly Unity Enterprise). We are a Scottish Charity and Social Enterprise founded in 1989. Over the years we have provided a variety of support services to people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged or a risk of exclusion across the West of Scotland. We believe in fair and inclusive communities where everyone is valued and has opportunities to fulfil their potential. This takes many forms and we are always looking for new ways to support our fellow citizens and widen our impact.
Unity (formerly known as Unity Enterprise) was set up in 1989.
The focus of the organisation initially was employment opportunities for young people who might otherwise be excluded or face significant barriers to employment.
Over the years, Unity has grown and developed, delivering a variety of services in different communities, and some of these continue today. Examples include work and training for people with learning disabilities, advice and support for carers of all ages, housing support to people affected by homelessness and catering services operated as Social Enterprises that offer additional training and work experience. We are always innovating and developing new projects to ensure our social impact for individuals and communities.
In January 2016, Unity experienced a change in leadership for the first time since its inception. The Board have supported a number of changes which have helped us build on the quality of our services, think about the future and direction of Unity, and explore how we can continue to have a positive impact. We are committed to our key aims of Equality, Inclusion and Opportunity.
We continue to grow and develop, with a variety of projects and initiatives planned for the near future. We are now seeking Board Members who share our core values, have a passion for social enterprise and will uphold our commitment to equality, inclusion and opportunity for all.
The Unity Board of Directors provide governance to the organisation; ensuring our purpose remains clear and has benefit, ensuring our compliance at all level, supporting responsible financial management, ensuring the charity, and senior management team, are accountable.
When Unity was set up, the Board represented different Christian denominations, who supported the aims of the organisation. We have since built on our board membership, recognising the strength of wider representation. We hope to diversify our membership further, with respect to our guiding principles and with a key focus on welcoming those who share our core values.
The Unity Board shall have a minimum number of ten and a maximum number of twelve directors. Eight places are currently filled, with one members having indicated their intention to end their term after this coming year. The term is for a minimum of three years.
Board member responsibilities include attendance at a minimum of four out of the six scheduled meetings per year alongside active participation in electronic conversations where necessary. It may be reasonable to expect attendance at some additional meetings where this is meaningful and manageable, or providing representation at other relevant events.
Board positions require a time and energy commitment that should not be underestimated. Interested members are urged to consider personal priorities for the next year as well as the ways to contribute to the development of Unity. The Board currently meets six times per year, although this may be subject to change. Some members attend other meetings, for example as a member of the Finance Committee.
You should be able to commit to attending meetings and responding to communication as required.
We particularly welcome applicants who can demonstrate experience in one or more of the following areas;
· HR and/or employment law (this would be particularly advantageous)
· Marketing, Communications & Social Media
· Community development/citizenship
· Experience of having worked in the third sector, or specific experience of services delivered to carers, people with learning disabilities, people affected by homelessness and poverty or groups/individuals at risk of exclusion or discrimination
· Lived experience of using services
· Active in a faith community
We are delighted to be recruiting for a Head of Operations to help us deliver on ambitious and innovative support to individuals and communities in Glasgow and the west. We believe in Equality, Inclusion and Opportunity for everyone and work hard to ensure that we offer support that makes a positive difference to people.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join the team at an exciting time of growth and change. At Unity we work hard to uphold our core values of Equality, Inclusion, Respect, Honesty, Kindness, Fairness and Bravery. We expect all our people to show these values through their work and behaviour.
We believe firmly in supporting individuals and communities to achieve their potential and we welcome everyone; people are at the heart of everything we do. We offer a competitive salary, a very generous holiday allowance, including 13 public holidays, and a staff discount in our social enterprise cafes among other benefits.
We are proud to be an award-winning organization in recognition of our commitment to Equality and Diversity. Could you be part of the next phase of our journey?
What do Unity do?
Unity is a Scottish Charity, delivering support and advice to vulnerable people and families in the West of Scotland, including support for carers of all ages, people with learning disabilities and people affected by homelessness and poverty. Unity also hosts Spoon Cafes at two sites, representing the Social Enterprise arm of the organization. Each cafe provides tasty fresh food at great prices to the local community. They also provide training and work experience for people who may experience barriers to employment, and they operate a Pay it Forward scheme through which we offer free food to those who need it. These initiatives have a positive impact and require careful management and support.
In addition to the support services we provide, we are also developing a number of social projects. Each offers an important social impact, meeting an identified need in one or more communities. Their success will require a more comprehensive approach to volunteering which is also a priority going forward.
The Head of Operations will support the CEO to build on the organisations achievements to date, ensure quality standards are high and reflect meaningful participation, and help to lead the organisation through the development of new services and projects. You will work closely with the Head of Finance to ensure we design, plan and deliver in ways that are sustainable and impactful.